2018 Texas Disability Issues Forum Invited Candidates
- Greg Abbott (incumbent) [R] Candidate Website
- Lupe Valdez [D] **Confirmed to Attend!** Candidate Website
- Dan Patrick (incumbent) [R] Candidate Website
- Mike Collier [D] **Confirmed to Attend!** Candidate Website
Mike Collier is a proven business leader with an unblemished record of integrity and service. He is committed to excellent public education, reforming school funding, making property taxes fair again, and genuine fiscal responsibility. Mike went to high school in Georgetown, Texas and was first chair trumpet in the 1979 Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra. He went to UT, marched in the Longhorn Band, and started his career at Exxon Corporation. He later earned an MBA from UT before joining Price Waterhouse (now PwC) where he became a senior partner. Mike and his wife Suzanne met at UT and have been married almost 29 years. They have two sons (and a wonderful daughter-in-law from Brazil), both of whom attended public schools, graduated from UT, and moved back to the Houston area and are close to Mom and Dad. Mike ran for Texas Comptroller in 2014 on the Democratic Ticket and served as Finance Chair for the Texas Democratic Party until March, 2017.
- Ken Paxton (incumbent) [R] Candidate Website
- Justin Nelson [D] **Confirmed to Attend!** Candidate Website
Justin Nelson is a husband, father of three, lawyer, professor at UT Law School, and the proud product of Houston public schools. He’s running for Texas Attorney General on three simple values: fairness, justice, and integrity. This election will come down to a choice: who should we hire as the lawyer for the state of Texas? Justin will represent ALL Texans and work to ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law. Committed to combating gerrymandering, fighting consumer fraud, and standing up to corruption, Justin will protect our most vulnerable citizens.
- Ted Cruz (incumbent) [R] Candidate Website
- Beto O’Rourke [D] ** Confirmed to Attend!** Candidate Website
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Patrick Svitek is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune, and editor of The Blast, the Tribune’s subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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